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Ray Brook: 1907

Ray Brook: 1907

Saranac Lake, New York, circa 1907. "State hospital, Ray Brook sanatorium, Adirondack Mountains." "House tents" at the New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.



Someone went to a great deal of effort to create a beautiful place to wait in vain for fresh air to "cure" the killer cough.

[Not necessarily in vain -- the body's immune system can clear the lungs completely of tuberculosis bacteria, or sequester them so that the infection becomes asymptomatic. The sanitariums provided the rest and nutrition responsible for countless cures and recoveries. -Dave]

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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